Why? CLE Birthday!

Today is it…it’s my birthday. As an only child and general lover of all things party-related, my birthday has always been my favorite “holiday.” But this year…this year is the big 3-0.

I want 30 cupcakes. Image source - heavenlydelightcakes.com

Last Friday (3 days before the big 3-0), I had my gallbladder removed and was feeling all kinds of sorry for myself. Not only did the surgery make me feel old, but it decidedly hampered my ability to celebrate my birthday.

Somewhere in the midst of this weekend, though, I decided to stop the grousing and be positive. First, the surgery went very well and the recovery time is actually pretty short. Second, I’ll be the big 3-0 for a whole year, not just a day. So, here are my 30 things I will do to make the big 3-0 an amazing year. Note that “having an organ removed” was going to be on the list, but the scheduling got a bit messed up…

WhyCLE’s 30 for 30

1. Visit CLEgrandpa more often.

2. Find out what’s so delicious about the Shoreway Coolers at Market Garden Brewery.

3. Practice yoga on a regular basis.

4. Mend fences with a dear friend.

5. Dine at L’Albatros.

6. Go to a concert at Severance Hall.

7. Visit DC and my fabulous friends there.

8. Watch one of my best friends from high school get married.

9. Volunteer.

10. Go on a girls’ vacation with CLEmom.

11. Get married to the love of my life.

12. Attend Jump Back Ball.

13. Learn how to dance.

14. Actually read one of my book club selections.

15. Drink more champagne.

16. Practice my faith more regularly.

17. Figure out how to tan without burning.

18. See friends I haven’t seen in too long.

19. Do my job well and be worthy of the confidence they have in me.

20. Swim in the ocean.

21. Make an apple pie.

22. Visit the Toohey and Fee morning show.

23. Wander around the John Carroll campus for old time’s sake.

24. Check out a dinner at the Culinary Vegetable Institute.

25. Go to Little Italy more often.

26. Finally try LaBella Cupcakes.

27. Say “I love you” and be grateful for people every day.

28. Admit that running isn’t my thing and that’s OK (oops…think I just did that).

29. Buy a new pair of black high boots.

30. Chronicle the 30 for 30 and every adventure not listed that comes along.



15 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday!!!! SOrry you couldn’t celebrate last weekend but you can celebrate this weekend and the weekend after that and after that and after that.
    I am a big fan of numbers 3,6,12,21,26….not a fan of 28 πŸ™

  2. Happy 30th Birthday Jen!!! Sorry to hear about your gall bladder (I can commiserate though – that happened to me 4 years ago – it wasn’t fun, but you do recover quickly! Feel better soon!) Love your list and it looks like you’ve got a great year planned for yourself! Here’s to a new decade of life!

  3. Happy birthday!!! I love the the year 30 bucket list…I do one every year with the same number of things as my age. I don’t think I’ve accoplished much on this year’s list though…I have a few weeks…I’ll have to get to work πŸ™‚

  4. What a wonderful list! Being 30 isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s been my favorite decade so far. Embrace it! If you accomplish everything on your list, I have a feeling it will be a great year and a great way to begin a new decade in your life.

  5. Glad to see that CLEgrandpa is #1 on that list! Your 30’s will be great even if you only accomplish 1/2 of it! #4 will lift your spirits more than you imagine. The most wonderful thing will happen as you make your way through your 30’s – you’ll realize that you are stronger and smarter than you ever thought possible!

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